Bavaria is excellently positioned in terms of both science and industry.

Universities and universities of applied sciences

9 state universities, including two German elite universities with the Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität München and the Technical University of Munich, 17 state universities of applied sciences, 6 state universities of arts and numerous other private universities form the bedrock for science in Bavaria.

Overview: Locations of universities and universities of applied sciences in Bavaria

Extra-university research facilities

In addition to the Fraunhofer Society, the largest organisation for applied research in Europe, and the Max-Planck Society, one of the leading organisations for basic research in Germany and Europe, both of which are based in Munich, Bavaria is also home to numerous other renowned research facilities such as the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association as well as various other facilities and institutes.

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Max-Planck Society
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Fraunhofer Society
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Community

Bavarian Research Associations

The Bavarian Research Associations constitute an important instrument for promoting interdisciplinary co-operation in research. A research association involves scientists from various faculties and universities collaborating on promising topics for the future typically with partners from industry.

Overview: Bavarian Reasearch Associations


The highly developed knowledge and technology transfer system is a pillar of Bavaria’s success in the field of innovation, with the 17 state-wide clusters at its core. The key role of these platforms is to network companies with one another as well as companies and research facilities.

Overview: Cluster in Bayern


Bavaria is one of the economically strongest regions in Europe and enjoys worldwide acclaim as a high-tech location. At the heart of this success is the powerful network of globally operating corporations, medium-sized world market leaders, a broad range of efficient small and medium-sized enterprises as well as a host of creative and innovative entrepreneurs.

Overview: Company Database of the Bavarian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Competent Support for Excellent Research in Bavaria, Europe and the World

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